Strong winds are set for York and North Yorkshire as Storm Arwen advances tonight.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong wind gusts, which could cause some disruption and damage to travel.
It says very strong wind will blow over the North Yorkshire region tonight (Friday), increasing cold with outbreaks of rain, hail and snow, sometimes heavy.
The temperature will be as low as -1 °C.
York on Saturday will be very windy and cold and will bring rain, hail and snow, which will bring more showers later.
The yellow weather warning for Saturday warned that “injuries and life-threatening injuries from flying debris are possible”.
It says there may be some damage to trees, temporary structures and buildings, such as blown tiles from roofs.
Road and rail services may be affected due to longer journey times and possible cancellations. Some roads and bridges may be closed.
Dan Suri, the Meteorological Department’s Principal Meteorologist, said: “Hurricane Arwen is associated with a deep low pressure system that will particularly affect the North East from Friday, but will also bring widespread effects to the UK with high winds, rain and some snow . high ground.
“Hurricane Arwen’s effects are primarily associated with higher winds as the storm sinks to the south and will bring speeds of up to 65mph across widespread coastal areas, although slightly stronger to the northeast, more than 75mph is possible in exposed locations. ”
RAC Breakdown spokesman Simon Williams said: “The orderly weather being experienced by much of the country will end abruptly with the arrival of Hurricane Arwen, and lead to some really challenging driving conditions.
“High winds can seriously affect vehicle operation, so drivers need to ensure that strong winds do not take them by surprise.
“It is important to adjust your driving in slow wind conditions, to be very careful when crossing high-sided vehicles on exposed parts of the motorway, as you may be off course, and to maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel.” Drivers should also remember to give cyclists and motorcyclists extra space when overtaking. In extreme windy conditions, bridges can also close and trees can fall so it is important to allow extra time for travel.
“With strong winds predicted along with cooler conditions in the forecast, drivers should take the opportunity to prepare their vehicles for winter by checking oil and coolant levels.”